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Today โ€” March 23rd 2019NPR Technology

Too Much Video Streaming To Choose From? It's Only Going To Get Worse

By Laura Sydell
The Handmaid

It can be frustrating when viewers try to figure out which service has what they want to watch — Netflix, Prime, Hulu? It's about to get worse as more streaming services launch this year.

(Image credit: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

  • March 23rd 2019 at 15:00

Students In Ukraine Learn How To Spot Fake Stories, Propaganda And Hate Speech

By Sasha Ingber
Students attend a Ukrainian language and literature lesson at a school in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in 2016. In 2018, students in four cities across Ukraine received training to help them identify disinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

A new report says students who received media literacy training were 18 percent better at identifying false reports than students without the lessons. Girls gained more knowledge than boys.

(Image credit: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 23:25
Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019NPR Technology

We Want To Hear From You About Facebook Live

By Aarti Shahani
NPR wants to hear your thoughts on Facebook livestreaming.

Facebook Live has played a key role in the spread of violent images on social media. What do you think Facebook should do with this feature?

(Image credit: Katherine Du/NPR)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 22:16

Leading Anti-Terror Technologist Says Suspend Facebook Live Following Mosque Shootings

By Aarti Shahani

A creator of anti-terror software says the re-uploading of the New Zealand mosque shootings video on Facebook is "absolutely inexcusable" because "we have the technology to stop it."

  • March 22nd 2019 at 21:18

Investigators Probe Software's Role In Deadly Boeing 737 Max Crashes

By Martin Kaste

The probe of two Boeing plane crashes is focused, for the moment, on software. We examine how software has become a common fix for problems with hardware across industries, and how it can go too far.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 12:22

Facebook Stored Millions Of User Passwords In Plain, Readable Text

By Sasha Ingber
Facebook said it found millions of user passwords stored in plain, readable text in its internal data storage systems.

The information was held in a readable format within the company's internal data storage systems. Facebook says it "found no evidence to date" of abuse.

(Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 04:44
Before yesterdayNPR Technology

Meet Q, The Gender-Neutral Voice Assistant

By Dalia Mortada

Most digital personal assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have the option to sound either male or female. The team behind Q aims to break through gender binary.

  • March 21st 2019 at 10:16

EU Fines Google $1.7 Billion Over 'Abusive' Online Ad Strategies

By Bill Chappell
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager says Google broke the law for roughly 10 years by restricting how business partners deal with rivals in search advertising.

For years, AdSense contracts gave Google a wide range of control, including how its rivals' search ads would appear — and their size, color and font, the EU says.

(Image credit: Yves Herman/Reuters)

  • March 20th 2019 at 18:25

What Will Stop The Spread Of Online Extremism?

After a brutal terrorist attack in New Zealand was live-streamed, how are tech companies responding?

(Image credit: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

  • March 18th 2019 at 16:06

Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses To Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

By Joanna Kakissis
The German headquarters of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in Duesseldorf, Germany. The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Huawei

The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Chinese firm Huawei's 5G technology. But the threats haven't swayed Germany, which says it can set its own security standards.

(Image credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

  • March 20th 2019 at 12:31

Facebook Apologizes For Banning Trump's Social Media Director

By Aarti Shahani

Facebook temporarily banned Dan Scavino, President Trump's social media director, from posting comments. Facebook says his postings were flagged by an algorithm.

  • March 20th 2019 at 10:03

After Lawsuits, Facebook Announces Changes To Alleged Discriminatory Ad Targeting

By Brakkton Booker
This illustration picture shows the Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on Feb. 18, 2019.

Facebook had given online advertisers tools to exclude users from viewing their ads on the basis of race, gender and other federally protected characteristics. Now Facebook is changing that.

(Image credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

  • March 19th 2019 at 19:32

Facebook Admits Mosque Shooting Video Was Viewed At Least 4,000 Times

By Matthew S. Schwartz
Al Noor mosque is shaded by clouds in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday.

The video was viewed about 4,000 times before Facebook removed it. Then the social media platform had to contend with more than a million attempted re-uploads.

(Image credit: Vincent Thian/AP)

  • March 19th 2019 at 12:13

Massive U.S. Machines That Hunt For Ripples In Space-Time Just Got An Upgrade

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory is made up of two detectors, this one in Livingston, La., and one near Hanford, Wash. The detectors use giant arms in the shape of an "L" to measure tiny ripples in the fabric of the universe.

The twin sites in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory are about to go back online. New hardware should make them able to sense more colliding black holes and other cosmic events.

(Image credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab)

  • March 19th 2019 at 10:03

Russia Criminalizes The Spread Of Online News Which 'Disrespects' The Government

By Shannon Van Sant
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that makes it a crime to spread online information insulting Russia

President Vladimir Putin signed the new law, which allows punishment of individuals with fines and jail time for the spread of "fake news."

(Image credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

  • March 18th 2019 at 23:57

Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled

By Fred Schulte
The reality of electronic medical records has yet to live up to the promise.

The government used a 2009 financial stimulus package to move the country from paper medical charts to electronic records. Care was supposed to get better, safer and cheaper. It hasn't worked out.

(Image credit: suedhang/Getty Images/Cultura RF)

  • March 18th 2019 at 20:15

Germany Risks U.S. Backlash If It Hires Chinese Company Huawei For 5G Tech

By Joanna Kakissis

Germany wants to speed up its mobile data service with 5G technology, which Chinese telecom Huawei is bidding to provide. But if Berlin lets Huawei compete, it faces the Trump administration's wrath.

  • March 18th 2019 at 22:16

Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars

By Susan Phillips
At Toyota

Japan doesn't think battery electric cars are the only future for transportation. It is investing millions to ramp up production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, citing their convenience for consumers.

(Image credit: Hiroo Saso)

  • March 18th 2019 at 21:19

YouTube's Chief Product Officer On How The Company Responded To Mosque Shootings

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Neal Mohan, chief product officer for YouTube, about how the tech company responded when a video of last week's deadly shootings in New Zealand went viral.

  • March 18th 2019 at 21:19

MySpace Says It Lost Years Of User-Uploaded Music

By Shannon Van Sant
Members of the rock group Four O

Millions of music and other media files may have been lost, the company acknowledges. The news comes after some users reported difficulty accessing their music files over the past year.

(Image credit: Paul Sakuma/AP)

  • March 18th 2019 at 17:47
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